Alleviate the pain, disability and embarrassment associated with varicose veins. Contact Frye Regional’s Vein Center and schedule a detailed evaluation to see how we can help your legs look and feel healthy again.
Varicose vein treatment has never been easier or more effective. To schedule an evaluation or have a staff member answer any questions you may have, please call 828.315.5840.
Do you experience leg or calf pain after standing or sitting or taking even a short walk? Problems with veins can cause aching or cramping pain, tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs.
An estimated 10–15% of men and 20–25% of women1 suffer from symptomatic venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Varicose veins are often mistakenly thought to be only a cosmetic condition when, in fact, they are usually a symptom of this disease.
Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, having family members who have varicose veins may raise your risk for the condition. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family history of them.2 Next to heredity is gender. Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders. Additionally, professions that require long periods of sitting or standing increase one’s risk for venous disease. Age is also a risk factor. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.
- Leg pain or swelling
- Burning or itching skin
- Heavy, tired or restless legs
- Skin discolorations
- Open ulcers on legs
- Restless legs syndrome
- Leg cramps
- Blood clots
When to Consult a Physician
Legs can become swollen for a variety of reasons. It is important to talk with a doctor to identify the source of your symptoms. Overlooking a correct diagnosis can lead to therapies that are ineffective. Furthermore, conservative treatments often do not address the underlying problem.
Key facts to consider are:
- Compression stockings only offer temporary relief for vein symptoms
- Varicose veins are usually a symptom of an underlying vein disease
- Diseases that affect the veins usually progress over time and may worsen is left untreated
Todd Piercy, MD, FACS, is a vascular surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Piercy uses the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat our patients. Working together, we can provide patients who suffer from varicose veins and the symptoms of underlying venous insufficiency with patient-friendly and clinically-proven solutions.
If you are suffering from leg discomfort, there are procedures that can help.
One of the treatments offered by Frye Regional’s Vein Center is called endovenous thermal ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein by way of a small (2–3 mm) incision. Heat is applied to the vein walls causing it to close. Your body then naturally re-routes the blood through other healthy veins. The procedure is done under local anesthetic and is covered by most insurancecarriers, including Medicare. Patients walk out of the vein center and return to their normal activities the same day.
The Vein Center at Frye Regional is home to the VNUS Closure® procedure, a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. The procedure is designed for patients with superficial venous reflux; a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased, causing blood to pool in your legs. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, as well as varicose veins.
Many major health insurers cover the Closure procedure. Frye Regional’s Vein Center staff can discuss coverage at the time of consultation.
Spider veins are a result of dilated venous capillaries that fill with blood and become visible. These are not considered harmful and are often treated for
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the spider vein, which causes the vein wall to seal shut, therefore stopping the blood flow. The vein will turn
to scar tissue and fade away over a period of weeks.
Frye Regional Vein Center
415 N Center St, Suite 002
Hickory, NC 28601
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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